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The fly tying pages of Monte Smith

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    • Blue Devil Variant tied by Davie McPhail
      Tied by: Davie McPhail Originated by: Carrie Stevens Hook: Partridge CS15 #2 Thread: 8/0 White (underbody) Tag: Silver flat braid Body:Black 6/0 (140d) Rib: Silver flat Tinsel Belly: White bucktail Underwing: Peacock herl Under-shoulder: Teal blue hackle fibers Throat: Teal blue hackle fibers Wing: 2 light olive hackles flanked by teal blue hackles Shoulder: […]
    • Blueback trout Thunder Creek Minnow
      The Thunder Creek series of flies was created by fisherman and commercial tyer Keith Fulsher of Eastchester, NY. The fly was developed because he felt the standard minnow tying method of a large thread head with painted eyes didn’t properly represent the naturals. Keith’s reverse tied bucktails added detail and allowed for a variety of ...Continue reading […]
    • John Gierach’s Little Brown Trout Bucktail
      “The solution to any problem — work, love, money, whatever — is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.” -John Gierach John Gierach’s Little Brown Trout is a classic for both bass and trout anglers. The bucktail was developed alongside the Gierach Special bucktail. John originally tied this ...Continue reading
    • Book Alert – Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide’s Wilderness
      The long-awaited book from authors Graydon Hilyard and Leslie Hilyard has been announced and is ready to hit shelves on December 1st, 2018. “Herbert L. Welch: Black Ghosts and Art in a Maine Guide’s Wilderness”, documents the infamous Maine outdoorsman and his many talents. In addition to boeing a talented fly tyer, Herbie is well-known ...Continue reading […]
    • Liggett Special Bucktail
      I first saw this fly pattern years ago while reading an article on GlobalFlyFisher written by Mike Martinek. Mike stated that he preferred to fish the Liggett Special over the Mickey Finn and claimed it as one of his all-time favorite bucktails. The bucktail was named for one Mr. Liggett, a Hathaway Shirt Co foreman. ...Continue reading
    • Martinek, Warner and Leight Flies on Auction
      This is another post for those of you hunting for some new streamers for your collection. We found a few nice specimens from Mike Martinek, Jim Warner, and Larry Leight. Larry Leight Streamer Flies Larry Leight West Trout Brook You can check out the rest of the streamers he has on offer here – Larry ...Continue reading

FLY GALLERY

Please DO NOT use any of my photos of my flies for commercial purposes without my permission.  Thank you.

A few display flies…

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5 Responses to “FLY GALLERY”

  1. Kay Parker said

    Being a novice fisherman myself, I can only say that is the most beautiful photography I have seen. The display flies are incredible. Obviously you are multi-talented!

  2. John Maher said

    Great to see the Gary LaFontaine patterns shown and explained. I re-read Fly Fishing Mountain Lakes but the book had no photos of the patterns. As a veteran steam fisherman but novice lake fisherman, I am very excited to try these patters on my local lakes this upcoming season.

  3. nwflytyer said

    Hi John,
    Good luck on your lake fishing. Fly Fishing Mountain Lakes is a favorite read…reading Gary’s adventures made me want to build a Slough Pig of my own! I bet you will find any number of his patterns that will serve you well on stillwaters. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. -Monte

  4. Eunan said

    Wow, some great visuals here for the novice classic tyer (me), giving a great impression of how finished flies should look. Thanks for sharing these images.

  5. nwflytyer said

    Thank you, Eunan. Glad you are enjoying these!

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